HC Deb 04 May 1959 vol 605 cc14-5
10. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Health what improvement has occurred in the recruitment of nurses in Wales; what is the present extent of wastage from the nursing profession in Wales; and what is his estimate of the additional recruitment of nurses needed to satisfy present requirements.

Mr. Walker-Smith

In the year ended 30th September, 1958, whole-time nursing staff increased by 4.4 per cent. and part-time staff by 8.1 per cent. Nurses in training increased by 2.4 per cent. Wastage of student nurses is about 37 per cent. Hospital nursing establishments are being re-assessed on the basis of the 88 hour fortnight, and I will write to the hon. Member when I have the figures.